More On: Chris Cuomo
Chris Cuomo came back to primetime news on Monday night with the premiere of his new show 'CUOMO' on NewsNation. He said that after being fired from CNN, he 'learned lessons.'
The disgraced journalist started the show by talking about how his past year was full of scandals, which is why he was on a much smaller network.
“I would like to dive right into the issues that are being ignored at home and abroad and the game that is driving our politics, but obviously, this show is not a normal show start, given how I got here,” Cuomo said.
In December 2021, CNN fired the 52-year-old man for using his media connections to help his brother, who was then-Governor Andrew Cuomo, deal with his sexual harassment scandal. The network said that the former host of "Cuomo Prime Time" had broken its rules for journalism.
“I have been humbled by what happened and I am also hungry to do better in a way that I was not before,” Cuomo said on the set of his new gig.
He stopped short of apologizing for his past actions, but said he has learned from them.
“I have learned lessons — good and bad — in the past many months,” Cuomo said. “I have relied on my family, friends and therapist, and thankfully, it has been the case that what doesn’t kill us does makes us stronger.”
He claimed his show will be different from other cable news shows because he’s spent time watching news coverage from the sidelines.
He also promised to be “more transparent about where my head is on the issues that we cover” and added that he has the advantage of being a political insider.
“I also have a new appreciation for exactly how unique my situation is,” Cuomo said. “Most people in my business know politics from the outside. I know it from the inside.”
He noticeably left out mention of his brother when speaking of his inside knowledge of politics and instead spoke of his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
“I was raised by a giant named Mario Cuomo, a major voice for the old Democratic Party,” Cuomo said. “I have seen the inner workings of campaigns and the interplay between politics and government and the interplay between the media and those in power in a way few others in my position have.”
Insiders told The Post in July that the news anchor took a huge pay cut when he switched to NewsNation. Sources say that he was making about $6 million a year from his CNN job, but it is thought that he is only making $1 million a year from his new job.
“I don’t think he had a lot of leverage,” one source, referring to Cuomo’s contract, said at the time. “He’s damaged goods.”
Cuomo, meanwhile, said he came to NewsNation for a fresh start.
“That’s why I am at NewsNation. It is new. No groupthink established, no audience that has been conditioned to favor one team or ideology,” Cuomo said. “After all, NewsNation refers to you, America. You are the news nation.”